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The 1915 season for Pine Tar Baseball is now live on Kickstarter. The campaign ends at 9:30pm CDT on August 30th.
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Jerry Mora created and photographed his Pine Tar Baseball park pictured below. Looks great Jerry and thanks for sending it in! He is using it for his replay of the 1884 season.
The images below are from the Fox River Dam in downtown Waukesha. There is a nice walkway along the river there that is only 1/2 mile from me. A great place to go some quite time and to recharge the creative spirit. (Photos by James Formo)
Pine Tar Baseball Update: Download this PDF file to get a 4 page rules supplement for PTB. Included are the new SO/Walk ratings for the 1884, 1889, and 2014 seasons.
The 1934 Negro League will be featured in a new game by Life is Sport Games . Former greats like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell come to life in the game titled 'Crack of the Bat Baseball'. The game is now live in a Kickstarter campaign that just launched on August 5th. The campaign runs until September 19th. The initial goal was low and the game has already funded and is working to meet its first stretch goal. Go to the 1934 Negro League -COTB Baseball campaign for more info on the game.
The 1973 season for Pine Tar Baseball is now featured in a Kickstarter campaign that runs until August 21, 2015.Please consider backing this project to ensure that Life is Sports Games can continue to bring fun and intriguing baseball seasons to life!
The 1973 Edition of Pine Tar Baseball has launched on Kickstarter! https://t.co/FYaO6UoPsz— Pine Tar Baseball (@TTLbaseball) July 22, 2015
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Try out 2 teams from the 2014 season by downloading this free print and play PDF. All you need to give it a test spin are 3 ten sided dice. These dice are available at most local game stores. While it states in the print and play demo that seasons come with 27 players. This only applies to modern era seasons. Seasons from the 1970's will come with 23 players. Seasons from the 19th century will have varied roster sizes. Usually between 15 to 17 players. How many players is in each season set will be specified in the write up for that season.
Pine Tar Baseball (PTB) is a fun and fast paced dice and card game for 1 or 2 players. PTB brings either a series or an entire baseball season to life. Ninety-five percent (not counting rolls on error checks which varies by season) of plays are resolved in 1 die roll and no play takes more than 2 rolls. A game of Pine Tar Baseball can be played in 18 to 30 minutes.
The 1st edition comes with 4 teams from the 2014 season. There is also an 1889 edition that comes with all 16 teams from that year. An 1884 edition that includes 21 teams from that season will be posted in the store shortly. If you have any edition of the boxed game, you don't need to purchase a different edition to play another season. Each season set are is also available for purchase separately.
The 1897 season is currently featured in a IndieGoGo campaign. Editions run in a funding campaign won't be available to the general public until 2 weeks after the last game has been shipped out to campaign backers.Some background on the 1897 edition of PTB is highlighted below.
The 1897 season features high scoring offenses. The league batting average for that year was .292 and teams scored 5.9 runs per game on average. This makes for some wild and crazy games. Then it happens to be Honus Wagner's rookie season of what turned out to be an illustrious 21 year Hall of Fame career.
Pine Tar Baseball - 1897 features 12 teams from the NL which was the only pro league that season. Roster sizes vary from 15 to 17 players per team for a total of 199 players. The player stats are color printed on sheets. Nine players maximum per sheet. The stats have an appearance of a card with a border around each player, but they are not cut out individually. Each team will have 2 player sheets with the 2nd sheet including the suggested starting line up for that team.
Pine Tar Baseball - 1897 will roll out a new 'base on balls/strike out' pitcher rating that makes pitcher performances more unique. Other features include base stealing, errors, sacrifice bunts, and squeeze plays. Players will perform just as they did in real life.
What Folks are Saying about Pine Tar Baseball
Jerry Mora I Received my Order on Thursday Sept 24th. Very Fast and Great Service I would Like to say First. My order was The 1884 Player Sheets and a Bag of Extra Game Parts. Everything is Awesome, Really Love the Player Sheets and Awesome Team Logos Too. My Son got Married this Last Weekend and things were Pretty Crazy around Here. Now Getting a Chance Today to check it all out and Set up my First Game of 1884. Thanks Again for your Great Game...Pine Tar Baseball and Super Service. Looking Forward to more Seasons!
Steve Page - I've played fourteen games of the 1889 National League schedule, with some amazing games already. A 4-3 nail biter between NYG and Boston, a 12-9 win for Chicago over Pittsburgh in 14 innings, and a no-hitter carried into the 7th, and barely won 7-6 by Indianapolis over Cleveland. The game plays so smoothly once you get a few under your belt. Pitching mantra for 2015:" Give me five, then dive." Pitching mantra for 1889: "Give me nine, then recline".
Kevin Robson - My copy arrived today!! Thank you James...it looks absolutely great. The quality of the contents are first class and the production values and attention to detail are superb! Well done too for the amazingly quick fulfillment from initial Kickstarter campaign.
Pete Manzolillo - This game is beautifully designed and presented with top-quality components. It comes in a sturdy box with an attractive cover. The charts, player cards and rule book are all on heavy card stock. The main rule book and optional rule book are on a smooth glossy stock and the layout really "breathes" with margins, paragraph spacing and bolded main sections. The rules are written in a conversational style, not legalese. You will actually feel relaxed while learning the rules!
George Adams - I received my 1889 Pine Tar Baseball game, Saturday morning. Opened the box and pulled out the game. Nice colorful components, very well packed. The teams (8 N.L. and 8 A.A.) come on nice sheets in color.
James definitely has a knack for laying out instructions, which are done very professional like. We played one game, right out of the box, I took St. Louis because I wanted to play Tip O'Neil, and Mike took the Indianapolis Hoosiers, since he is from Terre Haute, Ind. The Browns beat the Hoosiers 5-0, behind the pitching of Ice Box Chamberlain. Tip O'Neil went 1-4 with a walk and scoring two.
The game is driven by rolling on the batters card that is played with numbers 0-99, and occasionally hitting certain numbers which you then use the pitchers rating. It's an easy game to play, and I will add some of the optional rules as I continue. As I already stated, I love the pre-1900 years, so this will be played a bunch in the upcoming weeks.
Steve Page - I am a long time Tabletop Baseball fan, and Pine Tar Baseball beats them all.
Introducing a new sports sim; Pine Tar Baseball. This new game is available for free in pdf format here: Pine Tar Game on pdf This pdf contains 2 teams from 2014 so that you may try out the game. It contains everything needed to play except dice. You can pick up the dice at a local gaming store. The main manual for Pine Tar is only 11 pages long. Go here for more info and to see all the offerings related to Pine tar. Pine Tar Baseball Offerings
True to Life Baseball:
True to Life Baseball was the first game released by Life is Sport Games publishing. TTL baseball has 3 main game modes: intro, basic and advanced. Go here to learn more and see all the offerings related to TTL. True to Life Baseball Offerings
FREE TTL Baseball Demo This is a free demo of the intro game of TTL. It plays in about half the time as the advanced version does.
Get 2 more free teams from the 2014 season below. They will work for the demo version and the full game of TTL.
Click on the links below the pictures for a description of the game.